mint green

Week O’ Nautical – Tuesday’s Look, Minty Nautical

Week O’Nautical sails on!  (pun intended haha)  Little note of fun, as I started to write this Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Summertime, the ultimate summer anthem,  just started playing on my iTunes.  Coincidence?  I think not… its fate!  And if you know me you know my obsession for Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  I can relate pretty much anything in life to a Fresh Prince episode!  Aaaaanyways…. here’s Tuesday’s fresh ensemble:

Minty Fresh Nautical Look Day 2

Minty Fresh Nautical Look Day 2

Minty Earrings and Beach Waves

Minty Earrings and Beach Waves

Nautical Stripes and Back Detail

Nautical Stripes and Back Detail

Makeup Look featuring mark. Keep It Going in Naturalist

Makeup Look featuring mark. Keep It Going in Naturalist

The Necessary Accessories

The Necessary Accessories

This is not your typical Nautical look but what’s more sea-worthy than some sea green?  It’s no secret for my mint obsession this spring and these are few of the pieces I actually have to play out that obsession with.  I’m wearing a mint green t-shirt with a black and white stripped bandage skirt, super easy!  The t-shirt I got for $5 at Target, (this one) and my skirt is from Express awhile ago.  But stripped bandage skirts are a dime a dozen so easily re-created.  I love my Express one for the unexpected back detailing with the line down the back.  I’m also glad I got it a size larger so its not skin tight.  I highly recommend adding a black and white stripped skirt to your wardrobe.  I’ve worn mine to death with everything from a t-shirt, to a blazer, to a button down dress shirt to a sequin tank for my Christmas party last year.

For my hair decided to try out some beach waves.  This style I wore a lot in the early 2000’s when I lived in PA and the humidity was ridiculous and NO WAY was I going to blow dry.  Plus the humidity brought out the waves.  Now in super dry Nor Cal there’s no waves in that hair, BUT mark. launched a NEW haircare line and the Curl Commander Curl and Wave Defining Gel  help me achieve effortless beach waves!  All I did was use a decent amount on towel dried hair and scrunched.  I used a little hairspray on my bangs and DONE!  I was really shocked how this gel created some texture in my naturally straight hair AND was soft not crunchy at all!  I’m looking forward to playing more with this look and with addition of Curl to Curl Reactivate and Define Mist.  More hair posts to come!

For the rest of my look I have on some minty fresh baubles from the Banana Republic outlet and mark.  My Borrowed From the Boys watch is a staple.  The ring and earrings are also from mark. which have been in and out of sale!

My makeup look of course is all mark. too!  My mark. of the moment product is the Keep It Going Longwear Shadow and Liner in Naturalist.  It’s a gel formula in a teal and brown duo.  I’ve been sporting by lining half my lid with the teal shade followed by the outer half in the brown with an eyeliner brush.  I then drag the brown shade up into my crease to create definition.  Its WAY easier than it sounds and creates interest with the pop of color perfect for spring and summer.  On my lips is another of my mark. must haves, Lip Click Color Shine in Cupid.  This is not your typical lipstick!  It wears like a balm with some shine and SPF 15!  Added bonus the cap is magnetic so you don’t loose it in your bag o’makeup so no ruined lipstick!  Love this flattering pink shade in Cupid.

So what’s the verdict on day 2?  Nautical enough?  What’s your favorite nautical looks?

Essie Color Coordination with Spring Pastels

Every once and a while I get it together and match.  Usually when I’m painting my nails I pick my mani look completely separate of my pedi look, but this week I was inspired by a spring color pallet for perfectly coordinating pastels!  I’ve been TOTALLY digging pastels this spring ESPECIALLY mint green!!!  (I’m dying for some mint pants and/or jean shorts).  I’ve been eyeing all the beautiful color pallets other ladies have been putting together, especially on Pinterest.  So when deciding on my mani/pedi colors I decided to go with a beautiful spring pastel pallet coordinating my fingers and toes and I liked it!

Spring Pastel Pallet all by Essie

Spring Pastel Pallet all by Essie

I decided to go with a mint green and a lilac accented with flakie.  For the mint green I choose Essie’s Absolutely Shore from the summer 2011 Brazilliant collection and my ultimate favorite pastel purple, Essie’s Nice is Nice from their spring 2011 French Affair collection.

Pastel Pallet Mani and Cross Your Fingers Ring

Pastel Pallet Mani and Cross Your Fingers Ring

For my mani I used the Absolutely Shore with an accent nail in the Nice is Nice with the flakie gradient in Essie’s Luxeffects in Shine Of The Times.  The ring is a new mark. release dropping 5/18 at my eBoutique.  I really liked the weathered gold and aztec appeal with my spring mani, extremely on trend 🙂

As a true accent nail was created for, the accent nail color is what I put on my toes!  Perfectly coordinated!  Then I topped it off with a single topcoat of the flakie Shine of the Times.  It was one pretty pallet perfectly coordinating on my digits!  It was really hard to show how killer the flakie looked over the pastel shade so here’s a bunch of more pics!

Close up of the accent nail and flakie gradient

Close up of the accent nail and flakie gradient

In the shade, see how it glimmers!?!

In the shade, see how it glimmers!?!

My perfectly coordinating Essie Nice is Nice pedi

My perfectly coordinating Essie Nice is Nice pedi

pedi sparkles too!
pedi sparkles too!

mark. Tall Order Sandals highlight a pedi

mark. Tall Order Sandals highlight a pedi

Ok my feet look weird and I felt weird taking pics of my feet but I have to share how much I LOVE this combination!  I look down and it just makes me happy and sunny with such a fun spring pallet!

And how much do you love those sandals!  They’re SO comfortable and go with everything.  The sturdy heel makes them so easy to walk in and wear all day.  I’m typically a 5 and these are a 6 and they are huge even with inserts, but that’s the problem I’m used to.  These sandals are only available in full sizes and run a little big so I say half sizes order down.  You can snag yourself a pair of the Tall Order Sandals for $38 at my eBoutique or through me (aliciah.mentorassistant at gmail dot com).  One of my FAVORITE mark. products fo sho!

So  how do you like the look?  Do your mani’s and pedi’s usually match?  Or ever do an accent nail that matches with your pedi (like its supposed to haha)?